So many good things to say about this book.... its got the same hook that drew me into Hoegs others, i.e. a convincing and novel peek into someone's conciousness, in this case Madelene, a likeable lonely alcoholic seperated from her native Denmark and married to the ambitious zooologist Adam Burden. Its also a startlingly witty satire and a high tempo thriller with twists and turns that had me gripped. On another level its a commentary on the way our civilisation works, and a bit of a reworking of the Eden/paradise myth. Good stuff.